Taking account of local government boundaries

Part of Parliamentary Constituencies Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Chris Clarkson Chris Clarkson Conservative, Heywood and Middleton 4:15 pm, 25th June 2020

My right hon. Friend makes an extremely important point. Every Monday morning, my office sends a load of casework to Tony Lloyd, because 30% of my seat is Rochdale and people do not automatically think that I am their MP. The reality is that if we are too prescriptive about local government boundaries, we will go back to having these odd Frankenstein seats where we are trying to conform with electoral boundaries. I do not think that being too prescriptive is the right approach.